Can you transfer your skills

Have you thought about transferring your skills into another sector?

According to the Royal Academy of Engineering's report on "Jobs and Growth", between 2012 and 2020 the UK economy alone will need 830,000 engineers, scientists and technologists. There are similarly widely-publicised skill shortages specifically in the Automotive, Civil Engineering, Energy, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Renewables sectors.

In this climate, employers are increasingly looking for talent outside of their traditional markets whilst engineers and other technical specialists are moving between sectors. It's an opportunity for employers to broaden their talent pools, and for engineers to transfer their skills into industries they may not have previously considered.

Moving across sectors is a great way of broadening your horizons, gaining valuable experience, exposing yourself to new challenges and increasing your employability. But it's a major career change that requires the right advice and support. Because of our consultants' in-depth knowledge of their industries, and close relationship with their clients, we're well placed to advise you on how to translate your skills and experience into another field.

If you're thinking about transferring your skills into another sector, you may want to:

  • Review your CV to ensure it highlights your relevant transferable skills and experience. Take a look at our CV guide here.
  • Think about contract opportunities. Contracting is a great way to expose yourself to a new sector, utilising your existing skills and experience. It lets you get a better feel for whether you are suited to a new sector, whilst building relevant experience. Take a look at our contracting section to find out what support we can provide you with.
  • Get in touch with one of our sector experts to find out more about the potential opportunities and to discuss your skills. We have industry-expert Recruiters, Researchers and Consultants who can advise you and talk to you about your situation. Find the industry specialist you need to speak to here.
  • If you have decided that you do want to transfer your skills into another sector, and are ready to start looking for the right opportunity, search for permanent and contract opportunities here.